An Audio Junkie’s Desert Island Discs

first_imgFacebook28Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Jeffrey Scott, Owner of Desco Audio & VideoThere is a BBC Radio 4 program that started in 1942 called Desert Island Discs.  The format is simple – a guest is invited to choose eight discs, a book, and a luxury to take with them as they’re castaway on a mythical desert island. They’re given the complete works of Shakespeare and the Bible. During the interview, they explain their choices and discuss key moments in their lives, people, and events that have influenced and inspired them and brought them to where they are today.The radio show still plays to this day and has aired over 3000 episodes. I’ve been an audio/music junkie since about 1977. Here are some of my favorite albums and why they are special to me.Steely Dan – Aja – Photo courtesy of Desco AVSteely Dan – Aja (new re-issued 180 gram vinyl)This album started my obsession with Hi-Fi and great music.  When my older brother was about 18, he got this awesome Sansui stereo system and threatened me with great bodily harm or death if I ever touched it.  So, as soon as he left the house, I snuck into his room and fired up his turntable and discovered music like I had never heard before. The album he had on the platter was the new Steely Dan Aja.  I was too young to understand all the lyrics and but the fusion of Jazz and Rock that came together makes this one of the greatest albums of all time.  I just knew I loved it.  I still listen to it, and we stock the new pressings in vinyl at our store.Thelma Houston and Pressure Cooker – I’ve Got the Music in Me – Photo courtesy of Desco AVThelma Houston and Pressure Cooker – I’ve Got the Music In Me (Sheffield Lab Records direct-to-disc vinyl)In the mid-70’s Doug Sax and Lincoln Mayorga created a music label called Sheffield Labs that perfected direct-to-disc recordings.  Instead of making a master tape and editing it together, they cut the music straight to a lacquer lathe and made the master lacquer platter live!  I didn’t discover these albums until the early 80’s.  The music is Big Band, R&B, Jazz Fusion and is absolutely fantastic.  These songs are all done in one take and captures a magical music moment.  It is a very difficult album to find in good condition.  There is an unopened copy on eBay for $133.  If you buy it, give me a ring.  I would love to listen to that first play! I could not live without my copy of this recording.Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon – Photo courtesy of Desco AVPink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon (180 gram vinyl and CD)Although The Dark Side of the Moon came out in 1973 and was an immediate success, I didn’t discover it until 1979 when it was re-mastered and released as a  Mobile Fidelity half-speed master. This was the first theme based album with songs that blended into each other.  It had sounds and effects that are unlike the albums of its day.  I am sure most of you are familiar with the work as it is still one of the best-selling albums of all time.  It has currently sold over 45 million copies worldwide.  This record makes me miss the way records used to be made – as whole concepts.  In this iTunes world we live in, concept albums seem a thing of the past.  Perhaps that is the appeal of vinyl.  With a record, the listener gets to enjoy the whole meal instead of an appetizer.Eagles – Hotel California – Photo courtesy of Desco AVEagles – Hotel California (vinyl or CD)Released in 1976, Hotel California, was the Eagles fifth studio album.  I liked the sarcasm and smart lyrics in this album as well as the great cohesion that this band has.  Every artist in the group had significant contributions to the final product. The members of the Eagles are all such accomplished musicians.  I always have an easy, peaceful feeling when listening (sorry, couldn’t help stealing their line).Erich Kunzel & the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra – Tchaikovsky’s 1812, Capriccio Italien and Cossack Dances – Photo courtesy of Desco AVErich Kunzel & the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra – Tchaikovsky’s 1812, Capriccio Italien and Cossack Dances (CD or vinyl)I was introduced to classical music in about 1981 when a girl I liked invited me to her All-State Concert in Seattle.  The All-State Symphony performed Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien, and I was hooked.  I had never heard full orchestral music live and could not believe how moving and powerful it was.  The themed attacks of the music that built to this giant crescendo was both amazing and breathtaking.I did not have to look far for the best recording.  Telarc Digital had a vinyl record for sale of the Capriccio with the 1812 Overture as the headliner.  There were warning labels on the album. Most record players could not play the album because they recorded real cannons for the 1812 Overture. It made such wide modulations on the record that most needles would jump out of the groove.  Who doesn’t want a record with torture-your-system warnings?  I bought the album and enjoyed finding a cartridge that could play it.  If you ever find the vinyl album – be careful – it is a challenge for most phono cartridges.  The recording was an early digital master and is wonderful fun.Mikhail Pletnev – Scarlatti Keyboard Sonatas (CD)Mikhail Pletnev – Scarlatti Keyboard Sonatas – Photo courtesy of Desco AVI love listening to the piano, and this double CD recording is beautiful.  Never have I heard such passionate interpretations of Scarlatti’s music.  Mikhail Pletnev is a masterful pianist.  He took Scarlatti’s Sonatas originally meant for the harpsichord and elevated them to lush involving romantic interpretations.  Some harpsichord purists may not care for this piece, but I find that his playing combined with one of the best recordings of a piano to be captivating.  Bonus info is that this CD has been re-issued and is available on Amazon for only $12.93! Julian Lloyd Webber, Sir Yehudi Menuhin & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Elgar Cello Concerto – Photo Courtesy of Desco AVJulian Lloyd Webber, Sir Yehudi Menuhin & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Elgar Cello Concerto (CD or vinyl)There are many great recordings of the Elgar Cello Concerto.  This performance is not only well recorded, but the scale is large and the stereo image expansive.  Recorded in 1985 it still passes the test of time.   There are a few significant recordings of this piece, the most well known is the recording by Jacqueline Du Pré, who made the piece popular on the world stage.  But, Yehudi Menuhin was a musician who had worked with Elgar and Julian Lloyd Webber is a fabulous player who is often looked over due to the fame of his brother, Andrew Lloyd Webber.Elgar says that he wrote the Cello Concerto as an image of a man contemplating the meaning of life.  It is a haunting and passionate piece of music.  This is one of those pieces of music to be played late at night and savored.Crosby Stills and Nash – CSN – Photo courtesy of Desco AVCrosby Stills and Nash – CSN (vinyl and CD)David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash released this studio album in the summer of 1977.  CSN was the first studio album the three had created together since the Deja Vu album in 1970.  The writing is creative, and the vocals are tight.  One of my favorite tracks to use for demos is In My Dreams written by David Crosby.  The stereo recording has beautiful imaging with the guitars and voices focused across the whole soundstage.I hope you enjoyed reading about my favorite Desert Island Discs.  I would love to hear your favorites. Post them in a comment below. I am always looking for new music to experience.  If you ever want to hear my list, stop by the store and ask for a demo.last_img read more

Get Thurston County Fair Passes Now and Save

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Fair OfficeWant to buy your admission passes and carnival ride armbands in advance of the Thurston County Fair for discount prices but can’t make it to the fair office? You can now purchase them online at!What: Discount Advance Purchase Fair Passes & Carnival Ride ArmbandsFair Season Pass – $10 to $21One-day unlimited carnival rides armband advance purchase — $25Children ages five and under are always FREE!When: On sale now through Tuesday, July 31, 2018 for carnival armbands and season passes or Sunday, August 5, 2018 for daily admissionWhere: Online at or at the Thurston County Fair Office at 3054 Carpenter Road SE in Lacey, 98503Get the biggest savings with your advance purchase of carnival ride armbands for only $25 each—that’s $5 off the regular price! Carnival armbands are good for unlimited carnival rides for one day during the 2018 fair that runs Wednesday, August 1 through Sunday, August 5.Season passes are also a bargain at 40 percent off the full price daily admission rate. Remember, admission for children five years old and younger is always free!For even more savings, bring your carnival armband on August 1, for “One Buck Wednesday.” All adult, youth, and senior admission prices are just $1 with a non-perishable food donation per person to the Thurston County Food Bank. Doors open at 10 a.m. on One Buck Wednesday. Be sure to check out all of the One Buck Wednesday specials, including one buck food specials.Kid’s Day is Thursday, August 2, when all admission tickets for kids 6 to 14 years old are just $2 when purchased at the gate. August 2, is also Buddy Day when you can get two carnival armbands for $30 if you and a buddy are both present at the time of purchase. You cannot advance purchase for the Buddy Day special.Friday, August 3, is Military Appreciation Day at the fair, where admission tickets are $2 at the gate when fairgoers present their military ID.To learn more about 2018 fair events, entertainment, and exhibits, contact the Thurston County Fair Office at 360-786-5453 or visit“Have a ‘Egg-citing time at the Thurston County Fair!”August 1-5, 2018last_img read more

Three SPSCC Student-Athletes to Play in Sunday’s NWAC All-Star Basketball Game

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Puget Sound Community CollegeSPSCC Clipper Athletics are sending three student-athletes to play in the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) All-Star game on Sunday, March 17, in Everett.Women’s Basketball sends NWAC West Region MVP Trinity Betoney to the women’s all-star game. Betoney, a sophomore guard and forward originally from Nevada, averaged 21.6 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. She plans to continue her basketball career at a 4-year university and is currently considering her options.Men’s Basketball sends two players to the men’s all-star game: sophomore guards DeMonte Malloy and NWAC West Region Defensive Player of the Year Hunter Sipe. Men’s Head Coach Aaron Landon shared that, “They have been so important for us because they embraced our vision and turned it into a reality. We had won a region championship so there was a lot of pressure on them to sustain the success here. It takes a special type of person to accept that challenge and that’s who both of them are.” Both men plan to transfer to a 4-year university and are currently considering offers. Demonte Malloy. Photo courtesy: SPSCC Hunter Sipe. Photo courtesy: SPSCC Trinity Betoney. Photo courtesy: SPSCClast_img read more

Thurston Economic Development Council Receives USDA Food Hub Grant

first_imgFacebook29Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston Economic Development CouncilThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded the Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC), the Washington State University (WSU) Thurston County Extension and the Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC) a Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) Planning Grant to develop a Southwest Washington Food Hub.LFPP offers grant funds to support the development and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets.“A food hub helps multiple local food producers aggregate their products in such a way as to make it easier for large purchasers like hospitals and colleges to buy more locally produced food. Establishing a Food Hub in our region will open markets to local food producers, increasing overall food production and increase local food options for consumers,” said Aslan Meade, Director of Strategic Alliances at the Thurston EDC.Meade explained that when economic development agencies in Spokane established the LINC food hub, Gonzaga University committed to participate as an initial buyer. This first guaranteed buyer allowed for the hub to establish and grow.  LINC is now a worker and farmer-owned cooperative with more than 50 local food producers selling their wares to multiple buyers throughout their region.In the planning phase of the Food Hub, any farmer or processor within Lewis, Thurston, Grays Harbor or Peirce counties, interested in selling into the hub should contact Aslan Meade at read more

Indian cricketers Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav and Deepti Sharma all retain top 10 spot…

first_imgAdvertisement ckmxtNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsaWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E72o( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) acepWould you ever consider trying this?😱j5Can your students do this? 🌚coafbdrRoller skating! Powered by Firework The ICC Women’s T20I players ranking has been revealed and Indian cricketers Radha Yadav, Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav are the top of the list! The women’s T20I has been going on in full force. The players have shown a great performance throughout the series. Some slipped a few places, while others made big jumps to be the lead. Every year the rankings change. Indian left-arm spinner occupied the second place in the list of best bowlers last year, and this year is no different. The left-arm spinner appears to be unmovable from her second position on the list. While she managed to keep her place, her teammates Poonam Yadav and Deepti Yadav were not so lucky. Poonam Yadav is ranked fifth, while Deepti Yadav occupies the sixth position. Advertisement There are more reasons to rejoice other than Indian cricketers making the list–the Indian women’s cricket team holds the fourth rank in ICC Women’s T20I team rankings! Advertisement There are many other notable performances in this year’s ICC Women’s T20I series apart from our Indian players. Sophie Ecclestone’s performance was greatly appreciated as the spinner contributed to her team, England’s win against Pakistan 3-0. The England vs Pakistan match was held in Kuala Lumpur where Sophie bowled out six Pakistani players in the first match. The spinner is now at the fourth position with more than 700 rating points. It is the first time that an England bowler has made the list with 700 rating points. The only English player who achieved such a score was Anya Shrubsole back in 2016. Australia’s Megan Schutt continues to hold the first rank in the bowler’s category. Her record of 727 rating points is yet to be broken by anyone. She achieved her personal best score this year in February. Advertisement The biggest jump this year has been made by the opener, wicketkeeper-batter Amy Jones who scored 179 runs! She now holds the 17th rank and also been awarded the title of ‘Player of the Series.’Now coming to the batters, New Zealand’s Suzie Bates is the top batter this season. Other than her the list includes Jemimah Rodrigues in the 4th spot, Harmanpreet Kaur at the ninth spot and Smriti Mandhana at the seventh place. Sony Sports Weekly Listings | 23rd December to 29th December 2019 Advertisementlast_img read more

Bhajji and CSK troll Ross Taylor for having his tongue out during match winning…

first_imgImage Courtesy: CSK/Cricket Island/AFPAdvertisement 4imNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2yfoaWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E54qip( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 67fj83Would you ever consider trying this?😱9qt6mdCan your students do this? 🌚wiug4Roller skating! Powered by Firework New Zealand has finally tasted the feeling of victory after starting the ODI series against Team India with a swift win yesterday at the Seddon Park cricket ground. Although India put up a mammoth target of 348,it was the hosts who finally came on top, thanks to  a destructive Ross Taylor, who’s swashbuckling century fell overwhelming in front of the Indian bowlers. However, Team India icon Harbhajan Singh has taken a dig at the Kiwi batsman for his bizarre celebration, and his IPL franchise CSK also joined in the trolling!Advertisement Image Courtesy: CSK/Cricket Island/AFPRoss Taylor is known for his peculiar gesture of poking out his tongue after scoring a century, and he did the same yesterday. The Black Caps run machine’s 21st ODI hundred came off of just 73 balls, and he did the iconic ‘tongue poking’ celebration.Although, there’s a big reason behind Taylor’s peculiar way of celebrating. Back in 2015, the 35 year old revealed the reason behind poking his tongue out, which was a fun gesture for his 8 year old daughter Mackenzie Taylor.Advertisement “Right back when I was at age group I got dropped a couple of times when I got hundreds. Then I poked my tongue out – (after) I got dropped – against Australia, my second ODI hundred,” Taylor said in an interview with Australian sports broadcaster Nine’s Wide World of Sports.The Black Caps veteran then said that it was to make his little girl happy: “Ever since then my daughter has been pretty happy when I poke my tongue out and that’s pretty much for her as well,” he added.Advertisement Since then, Taylor has always performed this century celebration. However, the reason behind it was probably not known to Bhajji. Yesterday on his official Twitter acount, Harbhajan posted a picture of Taylor with his tongue out, with a query on the reason behind his bizarre way of cherishing the moment. Along with complimenting Taylor for his superb performance.Bhajji tweeted: “What a knock @RossLTaylor well done.. tell me why do u put the tongue out every time score 100??? 😜 good game of cricket #indvsnz”Soon after Harbhajan’s tweet going viral all over social media, Chennai Super Kings’s official Twitter handle came up with a witty response, word playing the phrase “What a knock” as “What a naak!(nakku meaning tongue in Tamil)”Taylor, who kept his strike till the end of the chase, scored a stunning 84-ball-109 with ten fours and four sixes. He was also awarded the Man of the Match award.The second ODI match is on this Saturday at the Eden Park stadium.Also read-Watch: Sourav Ganguly finds his dancing avatar, all thanks to Harbhajan SinghRohit Sharma and the rest of Twitter troll Yuzvendra Chahal after he is compared to The Rock! Advertisementlast_img read more

M’town Volunteers Sought for Two New Committees

first_imgMIDDLETOWN –The township committee is seeking volunteers to help them preserve Middletown’s rich history and chart a course for a vibrant economic future. Volunteers would be appointed to one of two new advisory bodies – the historic preservation commission or the economic development committee.“It’s necessary to preserve the remnants of our storied past for future generations. It’s equally as important that we take steps to ensure future generations have the opportunity to enjoy the high quality of life we enjoy in Middletown today,” Mayor Anthony P. Fiore said.The Middletown Historic Preservation Commission is charged with fostering awareness and appreciation of the community’s history, advancing public knowledge through outreach programs and education, and encouraging the growth of heritage tourism in the township. Members also will be dedicated to collecting, exhibiting and archiving documents and artifacts that tell a tale about the founding of Middletown as one of the state’s earliest colonial settlements as well as its continuing evolution.The historic preservation commission will consist of seven volunteer members – the mayor’s designee, a landmark commission member and five public members appointed by the township committee. The commission is expected to meet six times a year.The Middletown Economic Development Committee will focus on fostering new economic growth and the retention of existing businesses and industries. Members will be charged with uniting business leaders and local elected officials so that they may pool resources and ideas that benefit all residents and businesses. The committee’s goal is to facilitate the creation of a desirable business climate that promotes economic growth, job development and the expansion of the commercial tax base.The economic development committee will consist of seven volunteer members – the mayor’s designee and six public members, including three from the business community. The committee is expected to meet monthly.“There’s an incredible wealth of talented residents and business leaders here in Middletown,” the mayor said. “I’m looking forward to meeting people who can donate some time to help us preserve the past and protect the future.”Residents interested in volunteering their time and experience are encouraged to submit an application on the Middletown Citizen Leadership Form. Applications should be sent to Middletown Citizen Leadership Act, c/o Township Clerk, Town Hall, 1 Kings Highway, Middletown, NJ 07748.Additional information is available by calling 732-615-2015. The application can be downloaded from Look under the “Boards and Commissions” section of the website.last_img read more

New Bids Required For Planned Monmouth Beach School Addition

first_imgBy Liz Sheehan MONMOUTH BEACH – The Monmouth Beach Board of Education will seek new bids this month for the construction of an all-purpose room after the bids received last week did not match the amount the board had set.Linda Considine, the interim business administrator for the district, said Tuesday that the lowest bid received last week for the project was $1.579 million, while the target set for the project was $1.30 million.The funds for the project will come from capital reserve, Superintendent Michael Ettore said Monday. The district, he said, has the funds because the school had no operating costs for a period of eight months following Super Storm Sandy, when students went to Oceanport, West Long Branch and Shore Regional High School.“We don’t need to ask the public for a nickel” to build the addition to the school, Ettore said.There are 250 students in the school, he said.In a presentation to the school board in 2015, Board President Kirk Ruoff said that in addition to the savings from the school closing for Sandy, a roof project, estimated to cost around $850,000, had instead come in at $370,000. The district, he said, had always transferred other small amounts to capital reserve and, counting in the savings from the period following Sandy and the lower costs than expected of the roof, there was approximately $1,700,000 in the district’s capital reserve account.After a feasibility study and input from the community, the administration and the PTO, the decision was made to build a multi-purpose room “for lunch, instructional use and community use,” he said, according to the minutes.Ettore said that the tables for lunch, which is now in the gym, had to be stored in that room which created a safety issue. He said when the tables were not in use they were behind mats and cut down on the space in the gym used for indoor activity.Not using the gym for lunch would also add instructional time there, he said, since now in the period before and after lunch it cannot be used while the tables are being set up and taken down.The proposal, as presented for bids by architects Kellenyi, Johnson, Wagner Architects, Red Bank, is listed on Construction Journal, a web site for contractors.It described the project as a 3,338-square-foot addition to the school to be built on the southeast corner of the existing building, with steps and a handicapped ramp where an existing playground, to be moved, now stands. A ramped hallway would connect the addition to the existing school.Asked how the community was informed about the plans for the addition, Ruoff said that the plans had been discussed for a long time at school board meetings and at PTO meetings.“Nobody ever shows up” for the school board meetings he said. “I guess they’re happy with how we are running things.”“I have not heard of that,” said Dona Zabe, whose twins are in the eighth grade at the school, when asked about the plan for the addition. She said she had not been aware of any problems with having lunch in the gym.Zabe said she didn’t see adding the new lunch room as an issue. “Go for it,” she said.last_img read more

KIJHL teams struggle to finalize rosters after BCHL pushes back start of regular season

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily SportsA decision by B.C. Hockey League governors to delay the start of the regular season has thrown a serious monkey wrench into the way Kootenay International Junior Hockey League coaches select their teams.In years past BCHL rosters would have been set by the second week of September allowing KIJHL teams the opportunity to fill out their respective teams with released players.However, this season BCHL brass decided to delay the start of the season until September 23rd a full 13 days later than the start of the 2010-11 campaign.“All of us Junior B teams are waiting for our vets or kids we’ve talked and recruited to when they are coming down the pipe,” Leaf coach and GM Frank Maida told The Nelson Daily Sunday afternoon following practice at the NDCC Arena.Maida has committed to 16 skaters and one goalie — veteran puck stopper Andrew Walton along with a handful of 17-year-old players making the Leafs one of the youngest teams in the league.“We’re all in the same boat,” said Maida. “I’ve been talking to a lot of the teams and we’re all waiting.”“There are teams that are getting kids back now which allows them to make other decisions on kids who have tried out,” Maida added.“But for most of us it’s a new learning curve, especially me having just taken over the team six weeks ago.”The current situation means there could be more exhibition-like games when the KIJHL begins play Friday with ten games.“We’re going to leave a couple of spots open for players released from BCHL teams,” Maida said.“(Because) once we commit to school kids they’re here for the season so we don’t want to over commit ourselves. We want to save spots for those players we think we’re going to get back.”Maida did release six players during the weekend.Gone are forwards Dallas Barker and Joel Marte, defencemen Brandon Smith and Morgan Parker along with goalies Sam Monk and Treeman Kirka.All the players, except for Smith, were 17-year-old players. Smith is 16.Hogg awaits deal back to OkanaganThe Nelson Leafs currently have only one goalie remaining in camp as last season’s starter Darren Hogg remains at home in the Okanagan waiting on a trade.“Darren wants to play in the Okanagan,” Leaf coach Frank Maida said. “Teams in the league know he’s up for a trade but I haven’t had anyone contact me yet.”Hogg made the Kootenay Conference Prospects Team last season and was tearing up the league before getting injured during a road trip in Golden.The injury was season ending forcing the Leafs to go with Marcus Beasley for the remainder of the year.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Lion’s Club

first_imgMembers of the Nelson Lion’s Club staged its annual Firewood Sale fundraiser near the older CPR station recently.Mallard’s Source for sports wants to applaud the members for a job well done and its continued support of the Nelson community.The members of the club helping the fundraising cause included Klaus Rachdorf, Travis Naaken, John O’Neil, Arnie Erickson, Micah Polipishen, Trent Nash and Hope McRae.last_img